Shanklin United Reformed Church

High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. PO37 6LA
Registered Charity No. 1130459

A member of the Evangelical Alliance


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You'll find our small Christian Bookshop is located next to the church in Shanklin, High Street

Opening Hours Monday - Friday (and some Saturdays): 10:00 - 13:00

Our bookshop has a selection of Bibles and books, a wide range of greetings cards (most of which include a scripture verse), CDs and some small gifts.

We also have a range of 'previously owned' Christian books for sale.

If you find that we don't have what you want in stock, we may be able to order it for you - just ask.

You'll find a warm welcome from one of our team of volunteers


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In last month’s Link magazine Jane mentioned the book ‘God’s Smuggler’ which tells the story of Brother Andrew, who founded Open Doors. In the bookshop we currently have a previously owned copy of a sixtieth anniversary edition of this book which was published in 2015. This special edition includes some photographs as well as an interview with Brother Andrew about some of his more recent adventures. ‘God’s Smuggler’ begins with tales of Andrew’s childhood growing up in Witte, Holland, leading up to the Second World War. From an early age he was always seeking an adventure. After the war he was old enough to join the army and he fought in several battles before being wounded. He left the army and had no clear idea of what to do next. He talks in the book about the beginning of the draw of Christianity and his journey to becoming a Christian. After a few years of working in a chocolate factory he came to Britain. He initially spent some time in London while he was waiting for a place at a WEC missionary training college in Glasgow. During his two years at the training college he learned to trust God to meet many different needs.

At the end of his course in 1955 he followed God’s leading and went to a youth festival in Poland and this was an event that changed his life. He took Christian literature with him and met a variety of people. Towards the end of his visit there he felt God was calling him to work behind the Iron Curtain. It was the start of the biggest adventure Andrew had known. In the book he goes on to talk of his travels and experiences and of meeting his wife.

This previously owned copy of ‘God’s Smuggler’ is priced at £4.50 but new copies are still available to order, priced £9.99.

There are two other previously owned books by Brother Andrew in the bookshop. One of these is ‘Personally Yours’ - a collection of forty messages to prayer partners from forty years (1955 to 1995) of serving the suffering church. (£3.00)

The other book is ‘Secret Believers …what happens when Muslims turn to Christ’. The stories in this book are presented in a way that protects the identity and location of the people involved. In some ways it takes the form of a novel but everything in it is true. The book has two parts; Part 1 tells the stories of the amazing people Brother Andrew has had contact with and Part 2 of the book looks at how the reader might respond to the stories told in Part 1. (£3.00)

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